There are two distinct types of stools. The earliest is the simplest type of seat furniture probably devised by human beings, consisting of a short wooden bench standing either on four legs or sometimes a flat-shaped support at either end. The legs may be square or turned, and in primitive versions simply sticks cut from a tree. Round milking stools usually had only three short legs. The second more sophisticated type of stools, were constructed with a frame joined by mortice and tenon joints. Using this construction method, padded or upholstered stools for use in the drawing room have been made since the 17th century, following the trends in stylistic design over the years.
An early 1900s stool, the legs and base painted and decorated in the chinoiserie manner with pierced open fretwork decoration to each corner, upholstered in a Regency stripe of maroon and gold. 50 cm x 40 cm x 40 cm
A Regency period faux rosewood and gilt decorated piano stool, the square green velvet over stuffed seat with a Greek key decorated frieze, supported on a revolving column with three splayed legs with anthemion and bell flowers decoration, terminating in g
A Regency mahogany and brass inlaid footstool in the manner of George Smith, with grape and vine carving and ebonised and brass inlaid rosettes, on cast gilt metal shell feet. Width 43 cm. Depth 26 cm, 22 cm in diameter. Width 43 cm. Depth 26 cm, 22 cm in
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